Tuesday July 14th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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90 Responses to Tuesday July 14th – Open Thread

  1. citizen817 says:

    What a view!

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  2. citizen817 says:

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    • Michael Fox says:

      That is amazing! If only I had that kind of guts I wouldn’t be the kind of Lazy Boy quarterback I am today.

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      • amwick says:

        I haven never heard of a team called the Lazy Boys! Is that pro or college! 🙂 🙂

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        • Michael Fox says:

          Amwick, Lazy Boy is an extremely low end AMATEUR TEAM that developed a PROFESSIONAL FACADE over a long period of time by telling other teams how to play the game, in spite of NEVER PLAYING the game well themselves and NEVER FOLLOWING THE RULES of the game.

          Oh, kinda sounds like the Democrat Party. (and politicians in general)

          Definitely not my team! I may have to rethink this…

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  4. warrprin1 says:

    July 14, 1789, start of the French Revolution which led to the end of governance by Monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings in “the Hexagon”. Many families of the aristocracy went into self-exile when things started to get dicey. Those who waited too long met their end by the guillotine blade.

    Americans refer to this date as Bastille Day, but the French call it “le catorze juillet” – la fête nationale: *July 14th, the national holiday.

    There is always an enormous military parade down the Champs-Élysées in Paris on this holiday. President Trump was very impressed when he and FLOTUS attended several years ago.

    I failed to check today, so I wonder if they have cancelled the parade, because COVID! I hope there is a big, beautiful, grand parade. Bonne fête à vous, nos amis français! We will always remember your help in the war for American Independence.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Gotta love the Chinese, they’re masters of s***-stirring.

    With the US sanctions on Iran causing massive internal problems the Chinese sawan opportunity and is hammering out the details on a multi-billion dollar 25-year massive deal with Iran. Iran will get access to advanced Chinese weapons (and the Chinese get a beta test ground), intelligence sharing (that will include, no doubt, Chinese SIGINT and IMINT of Israel), joint military exercises (all too obvious) and unspecified research and weapons development…sorta like what Iran had with Russia.

    China will also heavily invest in improving the Iranian infrastructure, telecommunications and Iranian banking. In turn China gets access to Iranian oil and gas (remember the South Pars gas field? No?). All of this will be accomplished through China’s new e-RMB currency, neatly getting around US restrictions. When the issue of sanctions against Iran come before the UN security Council now Iran will have both Russia and China there, both with vested interests in Iran, sitting on Iran’s side.

    China’s adroitly brough Iran under its wing and left the US and Russia on the outside while Israel’s position is made much more precarious. Israel was looking at strategic alliances with China but China sees its benefit being more in getting down with the Moslem countries and Iran in particular. This secures Iran’s position, may put Iran in the position to block Turkey’s push to be THE power in the Middle East. It dulls the US’s, and Russia’s positions in the region while putting Israel in a really precarious position – especially if Biden gets elected in November. Xi’s gotta have a smile 5 feet wide.

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    • Pale rider says:

      How’s that going to work? China is killing off Muslims in their country, putting them in re-education camps, Iran is cool with that?
      And if China goes after the petro dollar, which it sounds like it is, we will go to war with them.

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      • bruzedorange says:

        Well, there’s “fellow Muslims” and there’s “the correct fellow Muslims.”

        As an outsider looking in, it sure looks like it’s historically easier to unite Muslims in hate against rather than love for.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Some obscure Moslems in a remote part of China are getting whacked but those petro dollars speak more powerfully than religion to most of the oil countries and those Moslem countries without a major export product or a powerful military may whine a bit – but who cares?
        The Iranian mullahs need to retain their power, become THE power in the Mideast and want help in destroying Israel, it’s situational ethics. Remember Russia’s 10-year sojourn in Afghanistan where they were wholesale killing Moslems and destroying mosques and madrasas? Within a few short years of leaving Afghanistan Russia and Iran were thicker than thieves, bed-buddies, all forgiven as they both allahboard (couldn’t resist) each other’s policy tracks.

        China took to the e-currency route like it had candy coating, the 2022 Winter Olympics in China will be, for the most part, hard-currency-less, it will be digital e-cash to the max. China’s looking at its e-RMB to chip away at the dollar by popular choice around the world, you’ll see all trades and money transfers with China done that way at some point, another area we dropped the ball big time. Treasury and the major US banks knew of Chinese plans, Facebook even began its own e-currency, we stood by and let the Chinese take the lead.

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    • mandy says:

      That Escobar piece about this is pretty good. If you missed it, search for “Iran and China Turbo-Charge the New Silk Roads,” you should be able to find it. That one made it sound as though everything is done except for the military portion of the deal.

      Tom Luongo included in his piece from July 8 some info from Oilprice.com which reported that on the military side of the deal, it looks like Russia will get access to the FOUR military ports that China has constructed on the Iranian coast. https://tomluongo.me/2020/07/08/trump-reaps-whirlwind-china-iran-mega-deal/

      If that info is correct, then doesn’t that place Russia on the inside WITH China and Iran, leaving just the US on the outside? (Well, and Israel of course but that’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax.)

      Yesterday, ZH reported on China’s new mass production fighter jet…

      https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/mass-production-chinas-stealth-fighter-begins-counter-us-

      And in their story about this new fighter jet, Washington Examiner had this quote: ““It’s going to be really hard for us to keep up with the numbers that China’s going to have,” said the American Enterprise Institute’s Zack Cooper, a former Pentagon official who specializes in U.S.-China military competition. “That’s going to be a really big struggle.”

      The rest of the world has watched as the US has imprudently used sanctions to try and bend others to our will. This was a HUGE mistake – because that caused the rest of the world to come up with ways to get around the USD – which, when the rest of the world does not need the USD, we become IRRELEVANT. As the rest of the world begins to utilize the work arounds they’ve developed, the USD de facto loses its position as world reserve currency.

      Then what? ALL those dollars in circulation around the globe come flooding BACK HERE. And that’s when the death blow hits us: hyperinflation. (and no, folks, hyperinflation is not 70s style inflation – it’s WEIMER style inflation, where the monthly inflation rate was something upwards of 29,000%.)

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yup. I believe Russia will get a few bones thrown to it as it has the petro transport infrastructure between the Gulf and Syria that the Chinese can use. It also keeps a longtime enemy near and dependent.
        The Russians and the US are China’s enemies and China needs to keep Russia from forming an alliance with the US to counter China.

        India’s a potential rival too but China’s built joint-use military/commercial ports around India with its ‘String of Pearls’ and has a stranglehold on India’s water supply out of the Himalayas. They’re both coming to agreements now and even though India’s been a longtime client of Russia it looks as if Russia’s seeing itself as now more aligned with China.

        Those dollars we’re spending here are in play too, our debt’s historic and if Biden wins it will get worse as the Rats have a lot of debts to pay and that Southern border is going to lerak torrents too. I can see Weimar inflation, been saying that here for years, and programs to ease the effects that will make Pol Pot stand up and cheer.

        We blew our chance under Bush 1 and Clinton to bring Russia into the fold, that would have blocked China, but we chose to let the battered corpse of the Soviet Empire heal on its own and we’re paying for it.

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  6. Garrison Hall says:

    Emmylou Harris and her original Hot Band w/ Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee. If you like to watch really good guitar playing, Albert shows us some killer licks in his extended solo about half way into Emmylou’s song.

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  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    What Shall We Do?

    By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

    When John the Baptist appeared as Christ’s forerunner, God’s chosen people had lived under the law of Moses for fifteen hundred years but had not kept it. Hence John’s call to repentance and baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4).

    John was in earnest, too, for when the thoughtless multitude came to him to be baptized, he sent them back, saying: “Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:7,8).

    Their lives were to be changed and they were to show it. When the people asked: “What shall we do, then?” he told them to live for others rather than for self (Luke 3:10,11). When the tax collectors asked: “What shall we do?” he demanded that they stop cheating the tax payers and live honestly (Vers. 12,13). When the soldiers asked: “What shall we do?” he told them to forbear violence, false accusation and bribery (Ver. 14).

    Clearly, righteousness was demanded under John’s message. His hearers were to repent, be baptized, and bring forth the fruits of true repentance. When our Lord appeared, He proclaimed the same message as John (Matt. 3:1,2; 4:17). A lawyer asked: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and He replied: “What is written in the law?” When the lawyer recited the basic commands of the Law, our Lord answered: “This do and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:25-28). God was still demanding righteousness. They were all under the Law (Gal. 4:4,5; Matt. 23:1,2; etc.).

    Some suppose this was all changed after Calvary by the so-called “great commission.” This is not so. When, at Pentecost, Peter’s hearers were convicted of their sins and asked “What shall we do?” Peter commanded them to “repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” just as John had done (Mark 1:4; cf. Acts 2:38). He did not tell them that Christ had died for their sins.

    Paul was the first to say: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested… [We] declare His righteousness for the remission of sins” (Rom. 3:21-26). When the Gentile jailor fell on his knees and asked: “What must I do to be saved?” Paul replied: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30,31). This is God’s message for sinners today, for “we have redemption through [Christ’s] blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

    https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/what-shall-we-do/

    Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

    Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

    Luke 3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

    Luke 3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

    Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

    Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

    Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

    Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. // Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

    Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

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    • TMonroe says:

      “When our Lord appeared, He proclaimed the same message as John (Matt. 3:1,2; 4:17). A lawyer asked: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and He replied: “What is written in the law?” When the lawyer recited the basic commands of the Law, our Lord answered: “This do and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:25-28). God was still demanding righteousness. They were all under the Law (Gal. 4:4,5; Matt. 23:1,2; etc.).”

      Luke 10:25-28 corresponds with Mark 12:28-34, as they feature the first and second greatest commandments involving love in one’s their spirit and heart for God and for others. Though those who understood their significance were led to a point “not far from the kingdom of God” (cf. Mark 12:34), the reality remained for those under the law and the old covenant that “there is no one righteous” (cf. Romans 3:10) and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (cf. Romans. 3:23).

      Another question about what an individual could do to inherit eternal life is asked of Jesus in Mark 10. There, Jesus referenced some of the Ten Commandments to the rich young ruler who asked what he could do to inherit eternal life . After the man said he kept the commandments from his youth, the Lord’s reaction was clear: “Jesus looked and him and loved him (Mark 10:21a)”. Had the rich young ruler thereby been justified, especially with his clear regard for the commandments? Or, could it be that even with someone believing they’ve sufficiently followed the written code, the man’s justification was not a settled matter?

      Jesus continued (Mark 10:21b-22): “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Jesus asked the man — who had asked what must “I” do — for something beyond the letter of the written code. Instead, the man went away, showing that those who adjudge themselves to be walking according to the written code may or may not be truly walking with Jesus.

      Romans 10 and Galatians 3 significantly inform ChrIst’s interaction with the rich young ruler as well as provide fuller context on the law as it relates to salvation and justification. In both chapters, Paul quotes Leviticus 18:5. He indicates that “now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, because “The righteous will live by faith.” But the Law is not of faith. Rather, “The one having done these things will live by them” (Galatians 3:11-12). In Romans, Paul contrasts what “Moses writes of the righteousness that is of the Law” (cf. Romans 10:5 with Lev. 18:5 quote) with “the righteousness of faith” (cf. Romans 10:6).

      Paul had made observations concerning Israel’s pursuing a law of righteousness by works rather than by faith (cf. Romans 9:30-32) while noting in Romans 10:4 — “For the end of Law is Christ, unto righteousness to everyone believing”. None of those under the Law were saved by keeping it, as they fell short of doing that (cf. James 2:10). Having indicated that righteousness and justification did not come from the law, even for the children of Israel (cf. Romans 3:20, 28, Galatians 2:16, 21, 3:21) Paul again spoke to the directional purpose of the law: “So the law became our guardian to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).

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  8. TMonroe says:

    The earlier Scriptural examples bore out the law’s directional purpose in reality, as those inquiring about how to obtain eternal life (including the one “testing” Jesus per Luke 10:25) were led to the end of what they could do as individuals, and were pointed towards Christ.

    Another “what shall we do” question is extremely telling as it relates to salvation. In an instance where Jesus had been asked by those following Him “What must we do, that we may be doing the works of God?”, He replied: “This is the work of God, that you should believe in Him whom He has sent” (cf. John 6:28-29).

    What the Lord then discussed in the John 6 discourse concerned obtaining eternal life, first through believing in Him (verses 39-40, 47) and then in eating His flesh and drinking His blood (verse 50-58). Were one to focus on how obtaining eternal life in the latter way (as some did without seeing the spiritual metaphor to which Jesus apparently spoke in John 6:63), one might erroneously connect salvation to a physical act or personal work or works rather than received by grace through faith.

    In accordance with all of this, Paul emphasized that everyone of those receiving salvation by grace through faith — from Genesis times (cf. Gal. 3:16) until the time of the Gentiles (cf. Romans 11:25, Eph. 3:3-7) — were recipients not by law but ‘according to the promise’:

    Galatians 3:26-29 — “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Now if you are of Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.”

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    • TMonroe says:

      “Some suppose this was all changed after Calvary by the so-called “great commission.” This is not so. When, at Pentecost, Peter’s hearers were convicted of their sins and asked “What shall we do?” Peter commanded them to “repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” just as John had done (Mark 1:4; cf. Acts 2:38). He did not tell them that Christ had died for their sins.”

      First, what was conveyed was related to the receiving of salvation by Jew and by Gentile according to the promise as noted in the other verses cited, and is also of relevance to Peter’s words at the post-resurrection Pentecost: “For the promise is to you and to your children and to all those at a distance, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself” (Acts 2:39).

      As far as what was said, Peter (as one of the apostles who “were all filled with the Holy Spirit” per Acts 2:4) could have spoken on many spiritual truths, including a full breakdown of all things related to atonement in Christ’s death. (Note that Christ’s crucifixion is mentioned in verses 23 and 36.)

      However, what was announced was sufficient for the occasion. The Messiah was identified, as well as the remarkable fact of His being put to death and then rising from the dead. It certainly was sufficient enough for the message to get through to a multitude of people there (cf. Acts 2:41). This identification at Pentecost to the Jews there corresponds to the start of the “to Jerusalem” part of Christ’s sending forth His disciples (cf. Acts 1:8).

      If we’re going to focus further on timelines, Peter in Acts 10 and 15 had plenty to say via revelation from above that related to salvation. With the Gentiles, the message of the cross / tree etc. was shared with those without knowledge of what was prophesied about belief and forgiveness (cf. Acts 10:39-42).

      The means of salvation were affirmed at the Jerusalem Council where Paul, Barnabas, Peter and others were present: “But we believe ourselves to be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same manner as they also are” (Acts 15:11). Paul’s words later to those from a largely Gentile congregation correspond with that, as he recalled “earnestly testifying both to the Jewish and to Greeks repentance in God and faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21).

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  9. nimrodman says:

    Now this is funny:

    Victoria’s Secret Introduces Line Of More Revealing Masks

    U.S.—Victoria’s Secret has unveiled a new line of more revealing, skimpy medical masks so women can look sexy while out and about during the pandemic.

    “Now you don’t have to hide your luscious lips behind an ugly, unattractive medical mask,” said a Victoria’s Secret spokesperson. “Men will go crazy for a glimpse of your forbidden mouth. Whether you’re at the grocery store or out for a casual jog, you can observe local mask ordinances and still look incredibly sexy.”

    The company was quick to warn that the masks provide absolutely no medical protection whatsoever. “Oh, yeah, you’re definitely gonna get COVID-19 if you wear one of these. But you’ll look so appealing as you hack your lungs out.”

    While they contain 99% less material than a normal mask, they will start at $79.99 each.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/victorias-secret-introduces-new-more-revealing-masks

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    • amwick says:

      That there is funny, in an ironic and tragic way….

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      • Jim in TN says:

        That is so the bee. Extrapolating today’s insanity to it’s extreme ends, and then taking it one step farther.

        I wonder how long it would take before mandatory and forced mask wearing elevates lips and tongues into the highest form of porn?

        Will surgical masks stop being used for playing doctor and start being used for S&M?

        Hey FDR in Hell, does Bastiat live there with you? ‘There is that which is seen, and that which is unseen.’ Why is it so hard to take the unseen into account when doing economics and planning, but it is the only thing we think about when it comes to sex?

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  10. Lucille says:

    2CELLOS (Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic) playing their arrangement of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails – Posted Jul 27, 2013

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  13. Roni says:

    “A democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly veiled totalitarianism.” St. JP II

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    • rah says:

      About 1/2 of my 8 1/2 years on Special Forces A teams was spent on mountain teams. Teams specializing in high alpine warfare. I berg heiled the three highest peaks in Europe. So though there are plenty of people with more alpine experience than I have, I feel qualified to share a little bit of my views on climbing and alpine hiking.

      #1 The mountain is always in control. Experience and fitness are factors but no one, no matter how fit and experienced, can stand up to what Gods nature can throw at you when you in nature. You live or die on natures terms, not your own.

      #2 Though generally the danger increases with elevation, one can easily get in to trouble and die on a lower mountain. In fact I came closer to losing the battle on the side of Zugspitze than on any other climb. The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany but still a baby compared to many other peaks in the alps that I had topped. A mountain I had climbed several times before and where I had taken German Army ski instructor training. But we got caught above the tree line in the worst winter storm to hit Bavaria in over a decade and it was one long hellish night on that mountain. We were very lucky to come through it with no injuries.

      My team sergeant, a man I had the greatest respect for, God rest his soul, learned a lesson the hard way. When a climber that’s much more experienced than you, gives you advise, TAKE IT! I was the experienced climber. We were climbing on skies in deteriorating whiteout conditions, the wind was just getting stronger and the sideways snow coming down harder and it was late in the afternoon getting ever darker, and he wanted to stop and hole up. I told him I would take point and break trail and follow me. We don’t want to stop here in this weather! Once we get to the bottom of the ski lifts at the top we can follow them up to the hutte and spend the night warm and safe! He chose to stop right there. Bad decision.

      So there we stayed and we had to keep digging out or we would be buried as the snow quickly accumulated. The wind howling. Every time I got out of bag to clear snow my gortex parka and trousers froze solid like a board. There was no packing the snow to form a shelter. It was like trying to pack fine dry sand it was so cold and fine.

      We all made it alive and with nothing hurt but our pride but it was one of those situations where is one more little thing went against us or someone made a little mistake, it could have been fatal. And that brings us to…

      #3. Weather. Weather changes quickly in the mountains and can get you many ways. On a day off a couple of us drove up into New Hampshire and walked up Mount Washington. Mt. Washington in the US is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River but it’s really not that much of a mountain. However, the jet stream tends to drop down in that vicinity sometimes and so weather at the top of the rather low peak can turn almost instantly. So up we walked in our shorts and t-shirts during a warm day in May enjoying the exercise and the sunshine. Shortly after reaching the weather station at the top the weather turned and in no time the temp dropped 50 degrees or so and we were in a blizzard. We ran down that mountain to get out of it.

      Another time in the alps we were well down below the tree line moving tactically at night when a thunderstorm came in. We were in one of the relatively few areas where there is old growth timber in Germany. The wind really ramped up and it was pitch black. We spent a couple hours sitting with our backs next to big trees for protection hearing deadfall crashing down around us. Sometimes big branches fell close enough we felt it through the ground.

      The dangers are many. weather, rock slides, snow avalanches, mountain sickness, lightning, etc…. But as for me, I have found not place on earth where I feel closer to my God than on a mountain.

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      • Lucille says:

        You writing your memoirs, rah? Well done! For us newbies to German mountain climbing (or anything other than a hike in the Malibu hills), here are some photos of Zugspitze…”yikes!” on this first one…

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        • Rah says:

          No. When I’m driving I think about things and sometimes when I get home I write about them.
          This one started because I recently learned the team Sargent mentioned passed away recently.

          Great man. Two tours Vietnam in SF. Distinguished Service Cross.

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  15. P says:

    Rapture Ready End Times News

    https://www.raptureready.com/ and https://www.raptureready.com/category/rapture-ready-news/

    Revelation 3:11-13
    11 Behold, I come shortly: hold that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

    12 Him that overcometh, will I make a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is the New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God, and I will write upon him My new name.

    13 Let him that hath an ear, hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.

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  17. otd says:

    Here is an extremely important message for all to hear and pass on to Liberty lovers, Christians and conservatives etc.

    Please!


    Are You Free? Stay Free! – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Jul. 12, 2020
    Jul 13, 2020

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    • GB Bari says:

      This is an exceedingly powerful message. Worth your time to listen while working in your house or driving in your car. Don’t need to watch.

      He makes the case, biblically and practically, and proves the righteousness of resisting the demands of political dictators in our states who require us to be slaves to their tyranny.

      We “cannot serve two masters.”

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    • GB Bari says:

      PS – Do listen ALL THE WAY to the End. Dr. Baldwin’s message gets increasingly pertinent and increasingly powerful as he moves towards his conclusion.

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    • Kay Emig says:

      For massive lawfare voter fraud action.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Good morning WeeWeed.

      Many of the gullible “sheeple” will probably acquiesce to mail in voting because of the irrational fear programmed into them by a corrupt, lying fake media.

      MSM will never highlight the myriad of problems inherent in that system. The sheeple will equate mail in voting to absentee voting by mail. They will probably think if mailing results is good enough for the census, it is good enough for an election.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Morning WeeWeed!

      Looks like everyone knows the answer. The DemonRATs are preparing to once again use their corrupt army of lawyers to weasel word through their defense of the coming massive vote fraud to be perpetrated via cheating with mail in ballots. Of course the lawyers task is made infinitely easier by an equally corrupt and dishonest Fake News Media.

      The DemonRATs rarely ever win with honest proclamations of their intentions or through honestly elected legislators. They have only been able to force Leftwing policies on America via an activist Judiciary who defy the Constitution and fabricate law from the Bench. Lawyers are paid handsomely by leftists to accomplish in the courts what cannot be accomplished in the legislatures.

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  18. Jimmy R says:

    The looming disaster of this virus is educational. Kids, except for those whose parents had the wherewithal to make them continue to learn, have been out of school since March. Their educational stagnation will continue this fall, as they are required to sit at home in front of a computer and teach themselves (which ain’t gonna happen).

    For instance, Charlottesville schools proposed that the kids be in school two days per week and at home three days per week this coming school year. They got an earful from the parents who want their kids in school. The schools’ response was to offer that K-6th graders be in school four days per week.

    The kids won’t catch up and they won’t be held back. For the next ten years or so, we will be graduating unusually poorly educated eighteen-year-olds from high school. That will be the lating effect of this disease.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Their educational stagnation will continue this fall, as they are required”

      In NYS, the emperor has decried that all schools are to incorporate anti-racist training into the curriculum.

      I guess that is why Cuomo was blathering on for 70+ minutes yesterday. I caught that tidbit on the local news later, because I was not watching. I was just checking once in awhile for when he ends, so I can watch the local weather forecast so I can find out when I can paint outdoors.

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    • Cynthia says:

      Schools in this county – K-12 – require all kids to wear a mask, unless they are eating in the cafeteria and the jury’s still out on that. No social interaction. No recess. No extracurricular activities. No sports. What in the h3ll is the point of having school at all? The kids are suffering for this madness.

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  19. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  20. ncbirdnwrd says:

    NC Treeper for Trump!

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  21. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the wondrous changing of water into wine (John 2):

    1. How the Lord changed water into wine at the marriage at Cana.
    2. How my soul, if wedded to the living Lord, changes its earthly wateriness into a divine draught.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau).

    Today is July 1st on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 14th on the civil or commercial calendar.

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  22. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
    Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)

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  23. chuck lowe says:

    Sorry to be negative today, but…, the new America, hates, hates – HATES YOU WHITE BOY.

    Sorry, it is the truth. You listen to people long enough, they will tell you what they want. They want you dead and they say it out loud, on video every day.

    Oprah, who made millions off of white people, came right out and said, she wanted white people to die off. Jamie Foxx goes on Saturday Night Live and tells America, he loves making movies, where he gets to “Kill White People”.

    This ethnomasochistic Stockholm Syndrome, the tip of the spear, populated by suburban white women, needs to be addressed and articulated for what it is. SICK.

    The MSM, the DNC and the Deep State control the narrative and have infected us all with a communal psychosis, a Comme il faut need to “hang with the cool kids” that is destroying our nation.

    THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT WHITE AMERICANS.

    https://www.americanthinker

    Here is some more truth and I am sorry, sorry to tell it like it is, but we white Americans need our own Louis Farrakhan. Sorry, it is what it is. White people make up 8% of the world’s population and the entire world is energized, motivate and aflame with hatred for us.

    We are doomed and destined for a life in South Africa, or Baltimore (I am not sure which would be worse) if we don’t organize and – YES – again, I am sorry, but it is logical and a light year past time – for White Nationalism.

    We are hated, we are discriminated against and our grandchildren’s grandchildren will STILL be paying taxes for Affirmative Action – legislative quotas, set asides you name it, for “minorities” who just showed up from other countries if we don’t stand up and be counted.

    GOD BLESS WHITE PEOPLE!!

    Again, even though only 2% of white families now alive, have ancestors that owned slaves, YOU WILL PAY, YOUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL PAY, YOUR GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WILL PAY AND PAY AND PAY AND PAY for racist taxes that discriminate against you, white boy, for the color of you skin, for untold future generations.

    Stop hating yourself for the color of your skin.

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    • Jim in TN says:

      That is the ugly irony behind diversity, multiculturalism, etc.

      I can’t say the number of times I have heard things that equate to, it is not bad if I do it. They are so wrong. If it is bad that you did something, it will also be bad if I do that same thing.

      Ugly abusive power games are wrong. Wrong when the Klan did it. Wrong when BLM does the same things.

      Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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    • mandy says:

      Hating the color of your skin is an AFFRONT TO GOD because HE made you.

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  24. just stevie says:

    THE ACCOUNT WITH PERSECUTION

    “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew v. 39, etc.

    These verses reveal the humiliation of being a Christian. Naturally, if a man does not hit back, it is because he is a coward; but spiritually if a man does not hit back, it is a manifestation of the Son of God in him. When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but make it an occasion to exhibit the Son of God. You cannot imitate the disposition of Jesus; it is either there or it is not. To the saint personal insult becomes the occasion to revealing the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.

    The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not – Do your duty, but – Do what is not your duty. It is not your duty to go the second mile, to turn the other cheek, but Jesus says if we are His disciples we shall always do these things. There will be no spirit of – “Oh, well, I cannot do any more, I have been so misrepresented and misunderstood.” Every time I insist upon my rights, I hurt the Son of God; whereas I can prevent Jesus from being hurt if I take the blow myself. That is the meaning of filling up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ. The disciple realizes that it is his Lord’s honor that is at stake in his life, not his own honour.

    Never look for right in the other man, but never cease to be right yourself. We are always looking for justice; the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is – Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 14th Devotional

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  25. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, even when taking an air bath.”
    — Winston Churchill

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Just say’n… 😉

      A little mind candy to accompany
      F.D.R. in Hell’s unseeing eye candy.

      Note: Lengthy. Hang in there. Time worthy.

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  26. Simple Citizen says:

    Ah, Alan… The king of double speak. He must miss Jeffery a whole bunch. All the fun must have left his life with that tragic prison event in lower Manhattan.

    Well, I do not know if any of you are ready for the VAX, but don’t worry the attack on our natural rights will come from both the left and the right. This gets really good as these two old fossils hash out the plan around 5:35.

    Couple this legal assault from a BFF of Epstein, with the aptly suggested H.R. 6666 (see that, they added a 6, so you would never guess what is in store for us all) and a perfect storm continues to build as the weapon is still selectively utilized in parts of this nation (to a low number of folks, who might then be moved next to Grandma at the senior center).

    Then the numbers are “juiced” to make it look as though it is a real threat that (miraculously) jumped out of a bat’s anus and into a “wet market” in the Wuhan, sub-provincial city, of China. Fun for everyone.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6666/text

    And then there is Colorado. Weed, LEGAL. Killing of any conservative party presence, DONE. Enslaved the future generations to a VAX so that we can sell them the weed to alleviate the unforeseen consequences that will metastasize in their adult lives, GETTING CLOSER BY THE MOMENT.

    If at first you do not succeed:

    https://coloradosun.com/2020/02/20/immunization-rates-legislation/

    dust yourself off and try again, but move it to Sunday, then ram it through:

    https://www.denverpost.com/2020/06/13/vaccine-bill-passes-colorado-exemption/

    I think I will move to Japan, Antarctica, or just some lonely island in the future. = )

    Stay healthy.

    Best…

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  27. Jimmy R says:

    In Fluvanna county (central VA), pre-K kids will be issued a Chromebook for their remote schooling. Layers of stupidity in that.

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    • wondering999 says:

      Something that could help a lot of kids is the E.D. Hirsch series “What Every Kindergartner Should Know” (it goes up through the grades, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Hirsch was at the Education Department at the University of Virginia, and he studied what children need to know as a foundation, for schooling to make sense to them in American society. The books contain classic nursery rhymes; grammar rules, figures of speech, arithmetic, history, geography.

      A friend with a hyperactive child used to read this series to her son at night while he was splashing around in the bath. He enjoyed it (because he was busy moving) and it was an easy, painless way to impart essentials to her son.

      My husband, an immigrant, enjoyed the series also when I bought it for my children. He read the books (large print, easy to read) and said hey, these are good!

      I’d like to see Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library distribute the Hirsch series, it could help so many children. Don’t be put off by “Core” in the name of the Foundation… “Core Curriculum” came later and missed the point

      https://www.coreknowledge.org/about-us/e-d-hirsch-jr/

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  28. auscitizenmom says:

    Thank you for posting the 9:00 prayer for me. I had to get my laptop repaired and I haven’t figured out how to post it on my kindle yet. Struggling here.😕

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  29. andeclain says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You. Also, we pray for Angels to protect and support our Sundance as he works for justice and peace.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  30. andeclain says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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